Tiny House Drafting

We just wanted to share this cool link we came across today. It is the Icovia Room Planner on the Urban Barn website: http://www.urbanbarn.com/the-make-room. Although we are not too familiar with the either company, the website room planner allows anyone to draft up a room, apartment, or even a tiny home for free!

You can choose the room dimensions and and features. The premade appliances, furniture, and structural elements can be dragged onto the layout using tabs in the sidebar. The dimensions and orientation of the items are easily adjusted, and everything can be dragged and rearranged.

We’ve been struggling with layouts and dimensions, so this was an easy tool to try a lot of different options. It also has a color feature with which we experimented in the second photo. Anyways, we thought this would be a fun tool to share with fellow tiny house enthusiasts!

-Kelsey and Tyler

Lego Style Apartment Transforms

Kirsten Dirksen from faircompanies.com just sent me a new video she produced about a transformable tiny apartment in Barcelona.

When Christian Schallert isn’t cooking, dressing, sleeping or eating, his 258 square foot apartment is an empty cube. To use a piece of furniture, he has to build it.

If Christian wants to sleep, he rolls his bed out from under the balcony, his stairs then become bedside tables and he can even swing a TV out from the wall.

When he is ready to dine, he lowers a plank from the wall, turning his flower-stand into a table support and using his stairs as a bench.

When it is time to cook, he clicks a spot on his vast wall of click-able furniture, and a spring-loaded door swings up to reveal an instant kitchen: double-burner, dishwasher, sink, countertop and microwave oven. The full-sized refrigerator and freezer click open just alongside. You really have to know what is behind door number two.

The apartment is located in Barcelona’s hip Born district, the tiny apartment is a remodeled pigeon loft. Christian (a Barcelona-based photographer) says its design was inspired by the space-saving furniture aboard boats, as well as the clean lines of a small Japanese home.

There is definately more work involved in constructing and deconstructing your dining room/kitchen/bedroom every day or meal (one of his friends has dubbed it “G.I. Joe’s flat”), Christian claims it helps keep him in shape.

In the video, Christian shows his lego-style home and invites a few friends over to cook and lunch with him in his small space.

Bend me, shape me: Space saving furniture

Tiny houses usually necessitate thinking out of the box when it comes to furniture. Standard furniture for “regular” homes may not fit into a tiny house, so several designers have come up with some interesting and innovative designs for space saving furniture. Interestingly enough, while most of these designers think out of the box, their designs fold up into boxes!

Trick

Trick is the name of this multifunctional furniture that can be used as a bookshelf, a chair, and a dining set. The minimalist multifunction furniture is made from Milan based industrial designer Sakura Adachi.

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